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Increase Your Traffic and Number of Link Participants

Even if you don’t use Linky Tools (yet), read this post. You’ll discover a great way to build traffic for your blog whether you are a brand new blogger, or experienced. A Linky Tools user wrote and ask me something like this: I’m a new blogger… how to do I get people to visit my blog or enter my Linky lists? It’s looks kind of lame not having any entries in my lists. Building Traffic First, there’s no “magic” about having a blog. The days of “if you build it, they will come” are LONG gone. You are competing with millions of bloggers. That’s the bad news. The good news, is that with consistency and perseverance you’ll out-last and out-perform 99% of other bloggers. Most people are quitters. That’s an established fact of human experience especially in today’s “I want it fast and easy or not at all” culture. And bloggers are people… so you do the math. Which are you? The 1% disciplined, persevering exception to the rule? Or the 99% mass of lazy quitters? Only you can decide. Putting aside all the hype you’ll find out there about building traffic, the truth is simple (like most truths in life) on how to get new readers and build interest in your blog is this: Write interesting, original and consistent content.  Notice I didn’t say “good” or “well written”. A mediocre or bad writer that still produces interesting or entertaining content, will succeed in the blog world over a great writer who is inconsistent, boring or self aggrandizing. Visit other blogs, leave comments, introduce yourself, get to know them, participate in their events or conversations. As you invest time and energy in other blogs, most will reciprocate and invest in yours. Blogging has become much like traditional business: build relationships, loyalty and goodwill with other bloggers. Enter your links in other people’s linky lists and blog hops. This will bring people to your blog. Again, it’s not magic. Don’t enter links into other linky lists and expect your traffic to skyrocket. Consistently participate in other events, meme’s, carnivals and lists on other blogs, and over time you’ll see it pay off as people (and search engines) find YOUR blog from those lists. Content, relationships, links… that’s the only real “magic” to a successful blog. A Trick for Giving and Getting Links What about the “lame” Linky Tools list that has no (or few) entries? Well I’m about to share an insider trick with you, one I’ve used plenty of times: ENTER LINKS YOURSELF ON YOUR OWN LIST. By doing so you 1) create a useful list; 2) your list doesn’t look empty and un-participated in; 3) you give the...

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Your Blog: Deciding what to Write

So you’re desperate to start working on your blog, you’ve signed up to WordPress or Blogger and are itching to get going. That’s great – we applaud you – but let’s not jump in head first without thinking about what it is you’re going to be writing on. Deciding on your blog topic can be exciting, daunting – even terrifying – so it’s important to get it right from the off. After all, you don’t want to be stuck with a blog you find you’re not writing a week later…as ultimately, what’s the point? Passion You might work as a checkout assistant during the day, but your true love could be a world away from the supermarket. Try making a list of what floats your boat and seeing what you come up with. Once you’ve compiled a list have a mooch around online to see what other blogs there are that cover the same sort of area. Is it thriving? Could you do better? Do you see a gap in the market? Find Something with Some Mileage Dedicating a blog to a very small and particular niche is probably not a good move. You’ll ultimately limit yourself and restrict the topics you can write on. Yes, maybe you are really fond of a particular breed of pig, but don’t just stick to writing about one of these curly-tailed creatures else you’ll soon run out of material. Instead, create a blog that talks about all different breeds of pigs and you’ll have plenty to talk about. Time/Lifespan When starting a blog it’s always a good idea to decide how much time you’ve got to devote to it. Will it be the case of writing one post per day, a couple per week or just one per week? Also, how long do you plan on keeping your blog going for? Is it purely a personal thing to chart something that’s happening in your life – eg. a pregnancy – or are you hoping to carry it on for the foreseeable future? Maybe you’re unemployed and want to blog about the process of going to job interviews – if that’s the case hopefully at some point you’ll get a job and then what will happen to your blog? It might be best to stick to topics that you’ve felt strongly about or things you’ve had a passion for a long time than opting to write about fleeting life experiences. Life has a habit of changing, you decide on your hobbies and passions – so if you want your blog to last stick to the...

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Four Top Tips to Grow Your Blog

So you’ve taken the first step and started your own blog. Great! But the work doesn’t stop there. If you want to create a blog that starts paying, you need to make sure you grow your readership. And with stacks of blogs out there, it’s important you know what you’re getting yourself in to… so read on to discover our top tips to help grow your blog. 1. Simple SEO SEO might seem like another language but it isn’t. Go to Google and start searching for keywords that are related to your blog. For instance if it’s a gardening blog, try things like ‘Gardening tips for Autumn’. When the search results come back you’ll be able to see how many articles there are on this subject. You can also start typing into the Google search bar and you’ll see Google predicts what you will type with the most popular keywords. Incorporate these keywords and phrases naturally into your blog and your post will rank higher in Google. Ultimately leading to you receiving more traffic. 2. Network Yep, even in the virtual world it’s all about mingling. Writing a blog is all well and good but you need to let people know it exists. Get yourself on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn and start connecting with people who might be interested in your blog. For instance, if you’re writing a fashion blog get online and start ‘liking’ particular fashion Facebook pages. The key is to then start commenting and engaging with what’s going on, on their page so that their users begin to notice you. Make sure you interact online on websites that are appropriate to your blog output. For instance a blog on business insurance would probably be best promoted on LinkedIn as opposed to Facebook. 3. Promote In order to build a buzz and community feel around your blog, it’s a great idea to promote blogs and businesses in a similar field. You might think this should be the last thing you’d do, but it’s not. Think of it like this – if you start helping out another small business, they’ll most likely do the same for you. It’s an ‘I scratch your back, you scratch mine’ scenario. 4. Incentives If you’re wondering how to entice people to subscribe to your blog or keep coming back, how about setting up a simple competition? The prize doesn’t have to cost you the earth – for instance, mega milk company Cravendale are currently running competitions to win mugs – so think of a prize that relates to your company and set up the competition. Make sure to post details on Facebook and Twitter as well as...

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